Dutch ovens: What are they and what can you cook in them?

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Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

If you are planning a camping trip, then considering how you will feed yourself is vital. Making sure that you have the right kit will ensure you stay well-fed and full of energy. One piece of equipment that many people pack is a Dutch oven. But what exactly are they and what tasty treats can you cook up in them?

Dutch ovens explained

In simple terms, a Dutch oven is a type of cooking pot which has a tightly fitting lid. It usually comes in a round or oval shape. This type of cookware also comes in a range of materials from cast iron to ceramic or cast aluminium. To use this type of portable oven when camping, you just place inside the food you want to cook and put the lid on. Once ready, you then put the oven over an open fire until the food is ready.

But what are some of the best dishes you could cook in this oven?

Stew

A real classic camping dish to warm everyone up at nights is stew. This is also the ideal meal to cook in a Dutch oven. Much of this comes down to the lid of the oven helping to keep moisture inside the pot. Stew is also a great recipe to try as you can put whatever you like in it. As long as you have some vegetables, stock and seasoning, the meat or fish you then add is up to you.

Chile con carne

Chile con carne is a classic camping meal too and great for this sort of oven. Although made with minced beef usually, you can make a veggie version if you have no way of storing meat safely. Once you have fried off your mince or vegetables, it is a case of adding in some tinned tomatoes, seasoning and chilli powder to taste. If you have room in your pack, a dash of Worcestershire sauce also works well.

Soup

Soups are yet another nourishing camping meal to recover with after a busy day. They are also very simple to make in a Dutch oven. An easy tomato soup, for example, can be knocked up by cooking off butter, a chopped up onion and tomatoes in the pot. You then top up with water, let it cook down until it is the consistency you like and season to taste.

Buy quality Dutch ovens at Wood to Water

Outdoor cooking is key to any camping jaunt and having the right kit to do it properly is a must. Here at Wood to Water, we stock a large selection of Dutch ovens, such as the Patromax cast iron Dutch oven. Order online today or give us a call if you need any help.

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